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District 200 Report Card data shows student achievement outpacing state

Woodstock Community School District 200 schools continue to outpace the state average for academic growth between school years and saw three of its elementary schools receive “exemplary” designations this year, putting them in the top 10 percent of Illinois schools.

Illinois State Board of Education data released Oct. 31 shows that students in District 200 averaged 9 percentage points in growth over one year in literacy while the state averaged 1 percent growth. District 200 students also outpaced their peers’ growth in math with 3 percentage point growth while the state averaged no growth.

The literacy score jump was the highest among school districts in McHenry County.

The trend is more reinforcement that District 200 is on the right track when it comes to improving student performance. The large jump in literacy in particular indicates that targeted efforts to increase reading proficiency are paying off.

“This is evidence that we’re continuing to show progress towards meeting our goals of increasing academic growth for all of our students, and reading proficiency remains a primary emphasis,” Superintendent Mike Moan said. “The great focus and dedication that our staff has towards literacy instruction has helped spur that growth. With our Everyone Reads program for second-graders, we expect that increase to continue.”

Three elementary schools: Dean, Mary Endres and Prairiewood were all designated “exemplary” because of high academic growth in their student populations.

Seven other schools were designated as “commendable,” while one school was given and “underperforming” designation based on one specific subgroup of about two dozen students.

Dean had a remarkable jump in reading scores over one year — a 15 percentage point leap from 32 percent to 47 percent competency. Math scores at Mary Endres increased by 8 percentage points from 36 percent to 44 percent competency.

“We’re constantly looking for innovative ways to give our students the best possible advantages and always supporting our teachers on best practices to continue to meet the needs of all of our students,” Moan said.

All data from the 2019 Illinois School Report Card can be found on this link